On the morning of 28 March 2019, the day before Brexit was meant to happen, we hosted a breakfast briefing with Mark Shillito, Partner and Global Head of Intellectual Property at Herbert Smith Freehills, Daniel Finkelstein OBE, Associate Editor, Columnist and Leader Writer at the The Times and Ameet Gill OBE, Partner at Hanbury Strategy.

With no clear winner during the first round of indicative votes at the UK Parliament the night before and the Prime Minister’s offer to resign if her deal goes through, we were delighted to hear Daniel and Ameet’s insights on a variety of issues, including on the prospects for a second referendum, soft Brexit in the form of a customs union or Norway plus, General election, Article 50 extension beyond 22 May 2019 and a “no deal”.

Before joining the Times in 2001, Daniel was adviser to both the Prime Minister John Major and the Conservative leader William Hague. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2013 and named political commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards 2010, 2011 and 2013. In the late 1980’s he was a close ally and adviser to David Owen, the SDP leader.

Ameet advised David Cameron for over 10 years, working on 2 General Elections and 3 referendums and spent 6 years in Downing Street. As No 10 Director of Strategy he was deeply involved in the pre-referendum EU negotiations. He is now the founding Partner of Hanbury Strategy a strategic advisory firm which provides political analysis and insight.

After the panel discussion, we recorded a podcast with Daniel which can be found here.

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